Garum was a favourite condimentof the Romans. It was made made from the fermented blood and innards of selected fish and was produced across the empire to meet the wide demand. Luckily, ancient sources describe the different types of garum and how it was made. The written sources are complemented by evidence from Pompeii, and it appears to have been a very lucrative trade. Salt was also a significant contributor to the Roman economy, and was vital to the preservation of foodstuffs including meat, dairy and fish.
Roman Studies Group
Martyn Allen is well known to many in the Roman Studies Group, having talked to us previously, and as a freelance osteoarchaeologist he has provided expert bone reports for some of our excavations. He is currently a Post-Excavation Project Manager working for Oxford Archaeology Ltd. His research focuses on the settlement and agricultural economy of late Iron Age and Roman Britain, with an emphasis on the zooarchaeological evidence.
Sadie Watson is an experienced archaeologist who has extensive experience excavating and supervising complex urban sites. She was responsible for leading the excavations at Bloomberg London 2010-14, and has agreed to talk to us on this work, including the writing tablets found, and to give us an update on the post-excavation work.
Saturday 19th May 2018 - Lullingstone Roman Villa and Eynsford Castle
Brian Philp, Kent Archaeological Rescue Unit, will lead us around both sites. Brian has spent 10 years digging on the Lullingstone Roman Villa and 40 years digging in the area.
The annual excavation took place at Cocks Farm Abinger in June-July 2017 under the direction of Emma Corke. Volunteers excavated two trenches in an area of high agricultural activity on the hill adjacent to the known Roman villa site. This area was identified during a magnetometry survey looking at the environs of the villa which uncovered a Roman field system, a Roman lime kiln and a concentration of pits.
Another season of excavation will take place in Summer 2018 at Cocks Farm, Abinger. Work will continue in the area of Iron Age and Romano-British agricultural activity, and the dig will run for a month.The dates are as follows:
Saturday 16th - Wed 20th June
Saturday 23rd - Wed 27th June
Monday 2nd - Wed 4th July
Saturday 7th July - Wed 11th July
Saturday 14th July - Tues 17th July
Non-member Price: £15.00 Member Price: £15.00 Student Price: £15.00
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Venue : Peace Memorial Hall, Woodfield Lane, Ashtead, KT21 2BE (see below for location map)
For the last of our Winter series of talks Harvey Sheldon will be presenting the second part of his presentation on Roman Southwark.
Harvey is an Honorary Research Fellow at Birkbeck, University of London and has had extensive experience of excavations in London since the 1960s. Harvey Sheldon has been engaged in archaeological projects in Southwark and other parts of London since the 1960s. Together with Jon Cotton, Harvey directed the Hatch Furlong excavations in Ewell, 2006-9. He is currently Chairman of the Rose Theatre Trust.
Due to unforseen circumstances Martyn Allen, who was originally booked to talk to us on Roman rural settlement in Surrey, is unable to join us. We hope Martyn will be able to join us early in the next winter series of talks to kick-start the theme of rural settlement, which we hope to follow up with a seminar/workshop.
Meanwhile David Bird, RSG Chairman, has kindly agreed to talk on the Roman-Saxon transition; his recent thoughts on this subject have been the inspiration for the forthcoming regional conference:
Site Director, Emma Corke will be talking about the results of the 2017 excavations that took place on the hill adjacent to the scheduled villa site. A magnetometry survey carried out by RSG uncovered a number of features which have been explored over the last few seasons. Excavations have revealed a human presence on the hill from prehistory, with evidence for Neolithic and Bronze Age activity, Iron Age enclosure ditches and grain storage pits, superceded by Roman boundary ditches and agricultural activity.